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Sep 01, 2018

How to Make a Concrete Desktop Planter (+ a $250 Gift Card Giveaway!)

Concrete. It's a universal building material so ubiquitous, we tend to take it completely for granted. Yet it has a fascinating history that stretches back before the time of Roman Empire. No need to fire up the Delorean today, though; we're sticking to the current trend of using industrial materials in domestic interiors with our concrete desktop planter.

We're also giving away a $250 Lowe's gift card that you can use to buy your supplies to make your own concrete desktop planter (and then some). Read on to find out how to enter (giveaway details at the end of the post) ...

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Sep 14, 2017

Make a Modern Cedar Slat Composting Bin for Your Backyard

This post is sponsored by the DIYZ® app.

Composting. Maybe you've heard of it? It's kind of a thing. It's no longer the sole purview of hippies, weirdos, and 7th-grade science teachers Composting has gone mainstream, and that's a good thing. Don't worry, we're sure your 7th grade science teacher will find another weird hobby to call their own.

Anyway, if you've been looking to get into composting, but don't love the look of boring, plastic composting bins, then this is the post for you. We're going to make an elegant, functional, totally-not-weird-looking compost bin. And we're going to have fun doing it! Pay attention, because at

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Mar 15, 2017

How to: Make a Minimalist Wood and Leather Key Holder

When Erin discovered Anne Steensgaard's CatchMe keyholder online, she became instantly obsessed. Functional, beautiful, and full of organic textures and charm. Unfortunately, the piece is only sold in Boila stores, which are all located in Denmark or Sweden. 

But, she knew she couldn't rest until she had some

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Jan 24, 2017

DIY Gift Time: How to Make a Simple Necklace from Scrap Wood and Basic Tools

Handmade Olive Wood Necklace for Valentines

It's that time of year! And by "that time," we mean: time to start thinking about getting a head start on a quality Valentine's Day gift. Skip the flowers and chocolate nonsense and get your hands to work on this elegant, modern necklace that is sure to stun your special someone.    

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Aug 16, 2016

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Planter Stand

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This is a good one. Justin and Kayla from Home Coming Minnesota came up with simple way to turn basic cedar planks from the home improvement store into a modern outdoor planter stand to bring in some weather-resistant style to their backyard.   

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Apr 26, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016

Good Design is as Little Design as Possible: A Home Tour of the Legendary Dieter Rams

German industrial designer Dieter Rams is best know for his "functionalist" approach: that good design makes a product useful, and allows the design to disappear. (The calculator and podcast app on your iPhone mimics Rams' designs.) Best know for his work with Braun, he's about to celebrate his 84th birthday, and still lives with his wife, Ingeborg Kracht-Rams, in the home he designed in the 1960s, just outside of Frankfurt and it's as awesome as you'd think it would be.   

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Apr 25, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Modern Concrete Fire Wood Holder

For our money, this DIY project is a hit. It's handmade, but its technique and process aren't immediately obvious, so it looks like a high-end store bought item. And it's sleek, modern, built-to-last, and pretty practical. Not sure you could ask for much more from a weekend project.     

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Mar 10, 2016

Masculine Bedroom Design Inspiration: Shades of Gray

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Sometimes we forget that our bedroom is one of the key areas of our living space - if not the most important. If you're still sporting an 1998 edition IKEA duvet and mismatched pillows that were hand-me-downs from your previous roommates, then it's time to upgrade. 

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Dec 01, 2015

Make This: Modern Wooden Side Table from a Serving Tray

Head to any discount store or the cookware section of a higher-end grocery store, and you'll all kinds of cool acacia and olive wood and walnut cutting boards and serving strays with rich, striking grain patterns. 

The DIYer will, of course, then say: we should totally make something out of those.    

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Nov 19, 2015

Get the "Mad Men" Look on a Budget: Set Decorator Amy Wells Shows You How

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I'm personally a big fan of the mid-century modern decor that has had such a resurgence as a result of Mad Men's influence. That said, I think it's easy in the men's blogosphere to preach its virtues as the be-all-end-all of masculine home decor and go a little overboard. However, I found all of the advice from this interview with set decorator Amy Wells to actually be incredibly helpful in thinking about the feeling you want to evoke with your home decor, and also how best to implement that on a budget.   

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Mar 18, 2015

A Visual Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's First LA House - Restored

Hollyhock House

Considered to be the germination of what later became "California Modernism," the Hollyhock House was the first house designed in Los Angeles by Frank Llyod Wright in the 1920's for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. Barsndall never moved into it however, and eventually donated the house and its surrounding 12 acres to the city of Los Angeles where it fell into disrepair for decades. Finally, it's been restored...   

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Mar 12, 2015

Before and After: From Truck Utility Box to Industrial Entertainment Center

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We love a good furniture makeover, but we're even more excited by repurposing totally unrelated objects into practical items you can use in the home. ManMade reader Braden sent us a picture on Instagram with a "Hey, I think you'll like this project." Well, we did, so we asked Braden to walk us through it. Here's what he had to say.    

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Dec 18, 2014

The Process: Check Out This Mid-Century Modern Inspired Rocking Chair

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Mid-Century modern decor has been making a comeback in recent years, and 2014 in particular saw a big resurgence in the industrial design world. The designs are often simple and sleek, with angular repetitions bespeaking an industrial creator. However, that doesn't mean the style can't be earthy or rustic.   

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Sep 19, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make DIY Modern House Numbers

I know it's a little cliche and HGTV-y, and like "man cave," I've vowed to try to avoid the phrase "curb appeal," at all costs, but...for real, switching out your house numbers can totally change how you feel about the entrance to your home.    

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Sep 18, 2014

Clever: Beer Labels Matched to Corresponding Pantone Colors

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer cans and bottles where the labels match the brew's actual color and corresponding Pantone number. The picture kinda sums it up, really.     

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Aug 06, 2014

How to: Make a Pendant Lamp from a Baseball Bat

Here's a cool take on the you-can-make-anything-into-a-lamp project: a sleek, hanging pendant lamp made from an upcycled baseball bat.    

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Aug 05, 2014

An Alarm Clock that Wakes You Up by Brewing a Cup of Coffee

Over the weekend, the park down the street hosted a "Movies in the Park," and the main feature? Back to the Future. (Instagrammed here and here.) Fans and anyone in Sellwood park that night will recall the opening scene, pre-guitar amp blowout, 

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Jul 09, 2014

How to: Make a Rustic Modern Storage Shelf from Hardware Store Materials

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I'll never turn down an opportunity to share a clean-yet-rustic furniture project made entirely from easy-to-find materials from your local home improvement center. This

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Jul 07, 2014

How to: Build a Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Side Table from Scratch

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This sharp DIY furniture project is not only made from easy-to-find materials you can snag any any big-box style home improvement center, but the total cost for supplies hovers around $75. And for that reasonable sum and a couple of hours of work, you can net yourself one of these:      

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